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or at the consulate at benghazi? they're saying some people were from outside the country and some even al qaeda ties. what's the latest information? >> jake, it's important to know that there's an fbi investigation that has begun and it will take some time to be completed. that will tell us with certainly what transpired. our current assessment, is that fact what began as was a spontaneous not a premeditated response to what had transpired in cairo, there was a violent protest that was undertaken in reaction to this video that was disseminated. we believe that folks in benghazi, a small number of people came to the consulate to replicate this sort of challenge that was posed in cairo and then as that unfolded, it seems as hijacked, let's us say, by some individual clusters of extremists that came with heavier weapons, weapons as you know, in the wake of the revolution in libya are quite common and accessible. then it evolved from there. we'll get to see exactly what the investigation finally confirms. but that's the best information that we have at present. >> why was there such a security breakdown
.s. consulate in libya leaving the american ambassador and three others dead in the town of bengha benghazi. as president obama condemns this outrageous attack anti-american protesters spreading across the middle east in response to an anti-muslim film one backed by an infamous koran burning preacher. the flag is half staff for an american hero. >> my name is chris stevens and i'm the new u.s. ambassador to libya. >> reporter: he was 52 years old. a former peace corps volunteer, a gentle man and idealist. >> i've spent almost my entire career in the middle east and north africa. >> reporter: secretary of state hillary clinton remembered him today. >> he risked his life to stop a tyrant and gave his life trying to help build a better libya. the world needs more chris stevenses. the attack came at night. 10:00 p.m. city of benghazi. militants stormed the u.s. consulate and overwhelmed security guards. inside, chris stevens and several other americans trapped, pinned down by intense smoke and gunfire. the attack rages on for five hours. chris stevens dies from asphyxiation along with sean smit
.s. consulate in benghazi where as in egypt their new president took quite a while to issue any form of statement. and did so on facebook. remember his movement is tied in with muslim brotherhood as well. they had called, the muslim brotherhood called for a second and third day of protests against that anti-muslim video that set off the riots to begin with. >> interesting to note there were also demonstrations denouncing, by muslims in these countries, denouncing this kind of violence. >> particularly in libya. >> yes. >> yes. many because chris stevens loved the country and, loved helping them with the revolution and freeing them from gadhafi's reign. >> ambassador christopher stevens remembered as a model diplomat. his name and those of the three americans died in the attack will be etched on a wall at the state department. abc's jonathan karl has more. >> reporter: war was still raging when he first arrived in libya last year. ambassador chris stevens fully embraced one of the most dangerous diplomatic missions in the world. [ speaking foreign language ] >> my name is christopher
that killed four americans in benghazi, libya, on the anniversary of 9/11 was not only carried out by terrorists, it was premeditated. >> as we determined the details of what took place there and how that attack took place, that it became clear that there were terrorists who had planned that attack. >> reporter: the white house first suggested that the benghazi attack was spontaneous. the result of that anti-muslim video inciting mobs throughout the region. >> jake, let's be clear. this -- these protests were in reaction to a video that had spread to the region. >> reporter: what happened in benghazi was -- >> we certainly don't know. we don't know otherwise. we have no information to suggest that it was a preplanned attack. >> reporter: but sources tell abc news that intelligence officials on the ground immediately suspected that the attack was not tied to the movie at all. arousing their suspicion? the fact that the attackers knew where to get ambassador stevens after he'd fled to a so-called safe house, half a mile away. the building was hit with insurgent mortars, suggesting th
on their compound in benghazi. while the investigation into the attack is far from over, the white house is now offering a new take on what really happened. here's abc's jake tapper. >> reporter: secretary of defense leon panetta acknowledged that the attack that killed four americans in benghazi, libya, on the anniversary of 9/11 was not only cared out by terrorists, it was premeditated. >> as we determined the details of what took place there and how that attack took place, that it became clear that there were terrorists who had planned that attack. >> reporter: the white house first suggested that the benghazi attack was spontaneous. the result of that anti-muslim video inciting mobs throughout the region. >> jake let's be clear. these protests were in eereaction to a video that had spread to the region. we don't know -- we don't though otherwise. you know, we have no information to suggest that it was a preplanned attack. >> reporter: but source tell abc news that intelligence officials on the ground tell us the attack was not tied to the movie at all. what aroused their
to the rebel opposition. he arrived on a cargo ship in the port of benghazi and began building our relationship with libya's revolutionaries. he risked his life to stop a tyrant, then gave his life trying to help build a better libya. the world needs more chris stevens'. i spoke with his sister, ann, this morning, and told her that he will be remembered as a hero by many nations. sean smith, was an air force veteran. he spent ten years as an information management officer in the state department. he was posted at the hague. and was in libya on a brief, temporary assignment. he was a husband, to his wife, heather. with whom i spoke this morning. he was a father to two young children, samantha and nathan. they will grow up being proud of the service their father gave to our country. service that took him from victoria to baghdad and finally to benghazi. the mission that drew chris and sean and their colleagues to libya is noble and necessary. and we and the people of libya honor their memory by carrying it forward. this is not easy. today, many americans are asking, indeed, i asked myself, how co
be dangerous circumstances. >> all americans in benghazi have been evacuated to europe. there's also three americans who were wounded, one of them seriously, diane. >> martha the president said today in his statement, his public statement, make no mistake we'll work with the libyan government to bring justice to the killers. so, what is under way tonight? >> the u.s. is promising justice and right now trying to track down those killers. libyan government promised cooperation and the fbi is involved as well. >> okay, martha. thank you. i know you'll continue reporting the story. as you know, american officials are moving right now to protect the more than 9,000 men and women in the u.s. foreign service. so many of them braving dangers abroad. the names of their fallen comrades will be etched on a wall at the state department and today president obama paid his respects there and secretary clinton spoke with fierce passion about their service. tonight abc's jon karl has more about those who died. >> reporter: war was still raging when he first arrived in libya last year. ambassador chris stev
mission in benghazi. his legacy will endure wherever human beings reach for liberty and justice. i'm profoundly grateful for his service to my administration and deeply saddened by the loss. a statement from president obama. protesters had swarmed the embassy in benghazi, reportedly over an amateur film made by an american the film ridiculed islam's prophet know ham dad. in egypt protesters stormed the american embassy and tore down the american flag. secretary of state clinton says she is concerned the protest might spread to other countries and u.s. embassies throughout the arab world are on high alert. >>> we have developing news from the city of alameda, firefighters put out a fire at a duplex this morning. crews say there were heavy flames from the rear of the building on pacific avenue near walnut street. firefighters had to rescue a paralyzed man. everyone got out safely. the red cross is on the scene to help 15 displaced. >>> this saturday iphone fans have been waiting for. apple expected to showcase the fifth and latest version of the popular gadget in a few hours. terry m
protect the libyan people from a tyrant. >> reporter: she spoke of all those lost when the benghazi consulate was attacked by armed militants. sean smith, the technology specialist, who leaves two young children behind. tyrone woods, a former navy s.e.a.l., the father of three little boys. and his fellow former s.e.a.l., glen doherty, a beloved son and brother. >> we've seen rage and violence directed at american embassies over an awful internet video that we had nothing to do with. it is hard for the american people to make sense of that because it is senseless. >> reporter: but the message of today was not just of grief. it was resolve. >> so we will wipe away our tears, stiffen our spines and face the future undaunted. >> reporter: indeed, the state department is in crisis mode, sending additional security to embassies around the world. david? >> martha, thank you. and martha, as you know, the reason for all of that concern tonight is this. an eruption of protests, big and small. in fact, 24 hours ago, in five countries around the globe. tonight, more than 30 countries. two more
. a state department staffer apparently died of smoke inhalation after the u.s. consulate in benghazi was set on fire. much of the building was destroyed. >> now, a senior u.s. official say they're on alert throughout the region, fearing that there is more to come. this attack and one in neighboring egypt were set off by a new film critical of the prophet muhammad. >>> now, this was the scene in cairo as hundreds of protestors marched to the u.s. embassy there gathering outside the walls, chanting against the movie and u.s. some managed to scale the embassy high walls, pulling down an american flag and ripping it to shreds. others waved black flags, looking like those of al qaeda. the situation appeared to calm overnight. stay with abc news. our team is following developments in the region. we will continue to update you on "america this morning" and "good morning america." >>> and moving on to smaller and more scaled back ceremonies for those who were tragically killed in the 9/11 terror attacks. here in new york the tribute in light soared to the sky from the site of the original wo
of americans killed in benghazi libya. we will air a special report when that return ceremony likely within the next half-hour. i'm eric negotiation for cheryl jennings. >> kristen: i'm kristen sze. u.s. ambassador to libya was from the bay area. chris stevens got his law degree at u.c. hastings in san francisco. katie marzullo joins us with the latest anti-u.s. demonstrations erupting. >> we're getting word of two deaths outside the embassy in tunisia. a cloud of smoke has been seen around the embassy there. thousands are throwing rocks at police and police are feirlg tear gas at protestors. also in lebanon, at least one person is dead. security officials say a crowd set fire to a kfc and arby's restaurant. they clashed with police who opened fire killing one person. a u.s. four say a response team has arrived in yemen as security forces were firing live rounds and tear gas into the crowd of about 2,000 protestors who were trying to march to the u.s. embassy. yesterday, hundreds of protestors stormed the embassy compound and burned the american flag. in cairo, egypt, fourth day of the row
in a violent protest at the embassy in benghazi. we are awaiting comments from secretary of state clinton as well as the president. chris steven the ambassador is from the bay area. he's the first ambassador killed on duty, since 1979, three others were also killed in today's attacks. >> number two, fires put out a fire at a duplex in alameda this morning. flames coming from the building on pacific avenue near chestnut street around 1 a.m.. firefighters hadç to rescue a paralyzed man who was trapped inside. everyone got out safely. 15 have been displaced. >> number three, milpitas police have released photos of three suspects wanted in connection with the murder of a 7-eleven store clerk. pictures are from a surveillance camera at the store on north milpitas boulevard. three entered the store, emptied the register then shot the clerk. >> number four, in about three hours, apple will unveil newest iphone in san francisco. the tech giant is expected to show off the new phone possibly with a taller screen and fasters data other products may also be revealed. >> number five, board of regents
happened in benghazi was not an anti-american protest, it was not as a result of a youtube video. it was an orchestrated anti-american terrorist attack. >>> meanwhile in tripoli, libya's president joined mourners at a memorial for ambassador stevens and three americans killed in that attack. >>> a notebook kept by the colorado movie theater shooting suspect was at the center of arguments during a court hearing. james holmes appearing in court with short brown hair instead of the orange seen before. prosecutors yesterday gave up their fight to see the notebook that holmes sent to a psychiatrist saying they didn't want to delay proceedings. well, analysts say they could still get their hands on it. >> if the defense pleads not guilty by reason of insanity, and i have every expectation they will, then the probability is that the prosecution will get to see this notebook. >> a judge yesterday also agreed to add ten attempted murder charges to the 142 counts holmes already faces. he's accused of killing 12, wounding nearly 60 others in the july attacks. basically they said, we're not
and we determined that the security at benghazi was appropriate for what we knew. >> reporter: but just the day before the attack, there were warning signs. al qaeda's leader urging libyans to retaliate against americans for the death of a libyan-born militant. and the state department was aware that that anti-muslim movie was airing on egyptian tv. yet, there were no warnings about it to other u.s. missions. why there weren't warnings about the movie is a big question tonight. given that whenever there's been any denigration of the prophet of muhammad, demonstrations and violence have almost always followed, diane. >> thank you so much, martha. and our thanks to jeffrey, too. more on that now, because, tonight, finally, we have some facts about the mysterious man who created that anti-muslim movie, the inflammatory movie that sparked extremist reaction around the world. that man is still in hiding, still in the shadows. so, what was his motive? we asked abc's chief investigative correspondent brian ross to find out. >> reporter: police and reporters surrounded the los angeles home toda
's just not right. >> showed what happened in b benghazi was not an anti-american protest. it was not as a result of a youtube video. it was an orchestrated anti-american terrorist attack. >> it shows the level, the abysmal level of their knowledge about fundamental aspects of terrorist attacks and militant operations. >> reporter: a top intelligence official told congress yesterday that al qaeda likely did play a role, regardless of whether it was a pre-planned or spontaneous attack. >> we're still developing facts and still looking for any indications of substantial advance planning. we just haven't seen that at this point. >> reporter: meanwhile, in tripoli today, at a memorial for the four americans killed, libya's president paid tribute to ambassador chris stevens as a friend of the libyan people. there were reports today that ambassador stevens believed that he was on a terrorist hit list. but secretary clinton and other u.s. officials said today they have absolutely no reason to believe that that is true. diane? >> thank you so much, jon. and as you just said, the p
of questions of the american ambassador chris stevens in benghazi. >> going to be something. thank you so much. >>> don't forget to watch "this week" later this morning. george's guests will include chris christie and david plouffe. >>> tune in wednesday of special coverage of one-on-one the candidates debate. at 9:00 p.m. eastern. >> george and diane hosting the debate wednesday night. >>> an embarrassing week for airport screeners. now, more ominously two incidents of loaded guns making it through the x-ray machines undetected. >> good morning to you, dan. frequent travelers complain about evasive skreerng procedures. many travelers on edge and worried about their safety. a long line of high-profiled security blunders of tsa came to a head on friday, when a lo loaded.38 caliber gun went undetected by screeners. he mistakenly took it with him on a flight from new orleans to newark. in just one day earlier in orlando, officers missed another loaded gun, this time in a firefighter's purse, it made it passed security and on the way to her plane. those lapses came to light. some in congress worry
: with a tribute to the u.s. ambassador to libya who was attacked and killed in the dead of night in benghazi two weeks ago, he extolled the humanity and hope stevens stood for. >> we are serious about the ideals and must reaffirm our future will be determined by people like chris stevens and not by his killers. >> reporter: but in many ways, the president's speech seemed targeted at his dough met tick audience. accused by republicans of glibly downplaying the unrest in the muslim world, the president demanded an end to the violence. >> there is no speech that justifies mindless violence. there are no words that excuse the killing of innocents. >> reporter: and while only days ago the white house was asking youtube to review whether the anti-muslim film violated the terms of use, the president offered a full-throated defense of freedom of speech. >> like me, the majority of americans are christian, yet we do not ban blaspheme against our sacred beliefs. >> that was a cal to stop those who fan the flames against the wealth and the allies. >> it is time to marginalize those who use hatred of americ
the headquarters in benghazi, including the group suspected in the attack on the u.s. consulate. the compound was set on fire by angry protesters. and the militants inside were forced to flee. >>> in pakistan, 19 people were killed in violent protests over that anti-islam movie that was made in the u.s. dozens more were injured during clashes between police and protesters there. protesters offended by that film, marched in a half dozen other muslim countries on friday. >>> and there's a link between sugary dinks and obesity. one study of 33,000 americans found proof that the drinks interact with jeans affecting weight, increasing the risk of obesity. swapping the sugary drinks for calorie-free alternatives leads to less weight gain in children and teenagers. >>> and the space shuttle "endeavour" made its final flight, touching down in los angeles. and officially ending nasa's shuttle program. people lined streets and rooftops to get one, last final glimpse in flight. it toured some california landmarks, from the golden gate bridge to the hollywood sign before landing. it will go on display at
in benghazi. you saw mitt romney doing that over the weekend. the way he's going to win this race is if he convinces those undecided voters that he's got the better answers on the economy. that is still issue number one, two and three. >> it's going to be something you're going to be covering wednesday night during the debate. george, thanks so much. don't forget to watch abc's "this week" later this morning. george's guests include governor chris christie and white house adviser david plouffe. tune in wednesday for our special coverage of "one on one," the candidates debate. 9:00 eastern, 6:00 pacific. >>> a supremely embarrassing week for this nation's airport screeners. not only did abc's brian ross bust one tsa screener for making off with an ipad left at security, but two incidents of loaded guns making it through the x-ray machines undetected. abc's mark greenblatt is at new york's laguardia airport. this morning, mark, good morning to you. >> good morning to you, dan. frequent travelers often complain about invasive screening procedures here at the airport. now news that not one but
romney's response to the attacks on the consulate in benghazi. the president and his team have come under questions for that as well. the stories about what exactly happened that day. you and ambassador susan rice, on this program, after the attack, said it was a spontaneous response to an anti-muslim film. since then, we have learned that it was on organized attack and that some intelligence and pentagon officials suspected that early on and that's prompted this criticism from governor romney. >> we've seen a confused, slow, and inconsisten t response to the terrorist attack in libya. a refusal to be frank with the american people about what happened. and a complete failure to explain the growing terrorist threat we face in the region. >> the chairman of the homeland security committee peter king has gone even further calling on u.s. ambassador to resign, your response. >> absolutely not. susan rice has done a terrific job. george, there's been an ongoing investigation. an event to great interest to the news media, understandably. so, there's been information provided real-time. you'll k
. >> reporter: but mitt romney is now facing tough questions, too. while the battle in benghazi was still going on, romney attacked the obama administration as disgraceful. saying the administration's first reaction was to sympathize with those who waged the attacks. this was based on a statement from the u.s. embassy in egypt, condemning the anti-muslim movie, one issued before it was even attacked. in a press conference, romney was unapologetic. >> an apology for america's values is never the right course. >> reporter: eager to throw a punch himself, the president fired back on cbs news' "60 minutes." >> governor romney seems to have a tendency to shoot first and aim later. as president, one of the things i learned is you can't do that. >> reporter: george, conventional wisdom has it that any day the campaign is not focused on the struggling economy is a good day for president obama. but there remain these unanswered questions about insufficient security at the diplomatic posts on the anniversary of 9/11. one that could potentially hurt president obama. >> you also raise that question in your
into the killings at the u.s. embassy in benghazi, there are reports that four people have been arrested. the libyan prime minister has said, expect more arrests. george? >> we'll keep an eye on it. thanks very much. >>> we're going to turn to the big economic news here at home. that could affect your money. ben bernanke announcing dramatic new moves to pump up the economy. bianna golodryga with more on that. start out by explaining what the fed is doing. >> reporter: the fed announced an aggressive program to buy back about $40 billion of mortgage-backed securities every single month. what does that mean? you saw huge response in the stock market. your 401(k) is going to bounce up from that. you'll feel like you have more money in your pocket and you'll spend more money. businesses will do the same. interest rates remain low, near zero, through 2015. that will inspire people to go out and buy homes. anything to retrigger the economy for both. >> and investing, as well. when i spoke to mitt romney, he's been critical of ben bernanke. he won't reappoint him if he is elected president. he says this wo
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